Evangelical group shelve poster campaign after top comedians said ‘NO, BUT NO, BUT NO!'

Evangelical group shelve poster campaign after top comedians said ‘NO, BUT NO, BUT NO!' September 11, 2007

THE WHEELS have come off a planned evangelical Christian poster campaign in the UK after three of Britain’s top comedians objected to their best known catch-phrases being used to entice youngsters into church.
According to The Belfast Telegraph, Little Britain’s Matt Lucas and David Williams, as well as Catherine Tate were “well bovvered”, and threatened legal action against an evangelical Christian group. Representatives of the stars claimed that using their most famous utterances on the posters breached their intellectual property rights.vicky2.jpg

Christian Publishing and Outreach (CPO), the UK’s leading religious publicity supplier, sold the brightly coloured series to churches across the UK with the phrases in capital letters with the aim of reaching out to young people.
Each poster carried a famous phrase followed by a quotation from the Bible. One featured the catchphrase of Little Britain’s shell-suited teenager, Vicky Pollard: “Yeah but, no but, yeah but”. Below her catchphrase were the words of Peter the Apostle: “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”
Another poster featured the retort of the nimble wheelchair-bound Andy Pipkin to his trusting carer, Lou Todd: “Yeah, I know.”
Two catchphrases used by characters in The Catherine Tate Show were also used: Derek Faye’s “How very dare you” and “Am I bovvered?” popularised by Tate’s argumentative schoolgirl character, Lauren.
To that last question, representatives of Tate answered “yes” and said they would be contacting CPO on her behalf. The Little Britain stars have already taken action.
CPO told Scotland on Sunday that permission to use the catchphrases had not been sought and the posters have now been withdrawn.

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